Weekly Update

Matt Ellis

September 7, 2023

Welcome to the weekly update. We’ve got a jam-packed calendar of courses coming up this autumn, some new and some old courses! There’s lots to choose from and we’re already seeing some courses get booked up, so do read on and book yourself a place!

Suicide Prevention Day 10th September

This Sunday is suicide prevention day. Suicide is more common in West Yorkshire for both men and women and nationally is our biggest killer of men and women aged 20-34. We can all do something to prevent suicide.

West Yorkshire Suicide Prevention are urging any residents (aged 18+), or anyone working in West Yorkshire, to become a West Yorkshire Suicide Prevention Champion. By learning more about suicide, helping to challenge stigma and encouraging action, together we can bring the suicide rate down.

For more information, free training and resources please click the link:

Suicide Prevention Resources for West Yorkshire

Please check in with friends and remember talking and caring can save lives!


College Courses on offer:


Anxiety & Stress Relief: Mind Body Connections

Kirklees Recovery College, Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College, Pathways, Nettleton Rd, Mirfield, WF14 9AQ

Tuesday 10th October 10am-12pm (1 week)

Come along and join us for this brand-new, one-off workshop where we will learn about the mind and body connection.  During this interactive session, together we will discuss how difficult emotions, such as anxiety and chronic stress, can affect us and what we can do to help manage them.  Based on the most up-to-date neuroscientific studies, we will discover stress relieving techniques and ways to enable us to change our mindset in order to build resilience.

Delivered by Amy at Sublime Minds, along with one of our friendly volunteers, this fun and informative session will help us look at a variety of ways to improve and maintain a sense of balance and wellbeing.  The session will conclude with a guided relaxation practice to instil calmness and feelings of new possibilities.

Anxiety & Stress Relief: Mind Body Connections



ROKT Climbing Development Course

ROKT Climbing Gym, Mill Royd St, Brighouse HD6 1EY

Monday 11th September 1-2.30pm (8 weeks)

Back by popular demand…Our Partners ROKT Climbing Gym are launching a free climbing course for our Calderdale and Kirklees Learners. During this Climbing Development course you will have a trained and experienced instructor with you to make sure that you are safe and you’ll be part of a group. Please note this course is aimed at anyone who would like to use climbing to improve their wellbeing. Don’t be put off if you’ve never been climbing before – ROKT cater for every ability.

Please note this course is for learners who have not previously done a ROKT climbing course through the C&K Recovery and Wellbeing College.

ROKT Climbing Development Course


Growing in Confidence

Kirklees Recovery College, Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College, Pathways, Nettleton Rd, Mirfield, WF14 9AQ

Thursday 14th September 1.30-3.30pm (7 weeks)

Come and join us for this positive and supportive course which will explore several ways of improving personal confidence and wellbeing using practical activities and group and paired discussions. Please come ready to join in and share your thoughts with others in a friendly setting – the course will be inspiring and also a lot of fun!

Growing in Confidence


Drawing for Wellbeing: Mindful Doodles


Tuesday 19th September 10.30am-12pm (4 weeks)

Taking some time out to focus on a mindful and creative activity can really help enhance our sense of wellbeing. So come and join us to learn simple, mindful drawing techniques including Neurographica, Mark Making, Repetitive Patterns and Zendoodles alongside other learners. No previous drawing experience is required for this relaxing online course, which will be facilitated by our Creative Practitioner, Sara Rose.

Please note, a resources pack will be posted out to you with all the equipment you will need to complete this course, free of charge. (if booking onto the course after Tuesday 12 September you may not receive a pack in time)

Drawing for Wellbeing: Mindful Doodles: Online

Exploring Nature’s Lost Words

Mirfield Library, East Thorpe Lodge, Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 8AN

Thursday 21st September 2023 at 10.30 – 11.45am (4 weeks)

Join librarians Leah & Nicola for this uplifting four week course exploring words, nature, stories and creativity.

We’ll be using the ‘The Lost Words’ by Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris as our theme – an award-winning book of stunning illustrations and haunting poems that celebrate words from nature that have disappeared from the children’s dictionary over the years: heron, ivy, dandelion, wren…

We aim to deliver fun, gentle sessions that support wellbeing and create a supportive environment. We’ll be exploring local nature, producing a piece of artwork and will finish by making our own keepsake poetry booklet. In the second session there will be an optional short story trail walk around Mirfield in order to discover the beauty of nature on our own doorsteps. No experience in poetry/craft/art needed and all abilities are welcome.

This wonderful course takes place in a private area of Mirfield Library and is solely for Recovery & Wellbeing College learners only.

Exploring Nature’s Lost Words


Cycle for Health Information Session

Kirklees Recovery College, Kirklees Recovery & Wellbeing College, Pathways, Nettleton Rd, Mirfield, WF14 9AQ

Tuesday 26th September 1.30pm – 3pm (1 off workshop)

Did you know that cycling is a great way to get active, improve your physical health and to build self-esteem and confidence?  Sounds good right?!  However, maybe you haven’t been on a bike for decades or have always been a bit wobbly on two wheels.  If so, come along and join us for this brand-new, one-off workshop delivered by Suzy at Cycle for Health, where we will discuss the benefits of this wonderful activity and how we can build our confidence and motivation to get back in the saddle!  This session is purely discussion based and no cycling will be undertaken.  However, everyone will have the opportunity to register to take part in an eight-week cycling programme, to improve their health & wellbeing should they wish.

Cycle for Health Information Session – Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery College (calderdalekirkleesrc.nhs.uk)


Steps to Success


Monday 2 October 2023 at 6.30pm – 8.30pm (8 weeks)

This ever-popular and inspiring course delivered by Kirklees Success Centre introduces us to different strategies we can use to help develop our self-esteem, motivation and plans for the future.  It also looks at ways that we can make changes to our lives, if we so wish, either now or in the weeks, months or years ahead.  This course will help build confidence and teach us how to set realistic goals and empower us to take control of our futures in a positive and enlightening way.


You can see a full list of our upcoming courses here:

Please remember that if you are already enrolled with the College, there is no need to enrol again.  Just get in touch via email or telephone to book on your chosen course or workshop.

Email: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk or Telephone: 07717 867911

If you are new to the College please enrol here

Please remember to stay at home if you are unwell or have symptoms of Covid


Other Community Offers:



Musical Wellbeing Workshops from Hoot Creative Arts, Huddersfield

There’s a reason why we tap our feet along to a beat – music and singing make us feel good, help us express our emotions, and are great for our wellbeing.

Singing for Wellbeing

Singing is proven to be good for our physical and mental health, and it’s great fun to sing with other people in a group. Hoot’s enthusiastic singing leader will guide you through songs in different styles. There’s no experience needed to join the weekly singing group and there’s no need to read music or sing solo. Groups run throughout the year.

Progress Music for Wellbeing

What is a progress music group? Join other participants in making your own music in an independent, supported environment. Improvise, create, jam and compose whatever music you would like in Hoot’s digital studio, making use of a wide range of instruments, synths and recording technology to create new music with others.

These groups are free for people who are:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Living in Kirklees
  • Wanting to look after their well-being and mental health (you don’t need a diagnosis to sign up)

Workshops take place at Hoot Creative Arts, Bates Mill, Milford St, Huddersfield, HD1 3DX

Telephone: 01484 516 224

Email: info@hootcreativearts.co.uk

Homepage | hoot creative arts


Creative Social

Hoot and Carers Count invite people with Dementia and their friends and Carers for a fund and friendly creative social on

Tuesday 26th September 1.30-3.330pm at Empire House, Wakefield Old Road Dewsbury.

To book on call 0300 0120231 or email info@hootcreativearts.co.uk



Friendship Café, Mirfield

Feeling lonely or isolated? Need a bit of company? Why not join like-minded people at Mirfield Library once a month for a cuppa, a piece of cake and a good old chat?

First Friday of every month at Mirfield Library, 10.30am – 12pm.



What’s on at S2R?

Find out about the wide range of creative wellbeing activities, outdoor wellbeing sessions, local community projects and crafty and creative workshops on offer this month from S2R.

For more details, click on the schedules, or email  contact@s2r.org.uk

S2R  Dewsbury – Your Health in Mind

No need to book, just turn up on the day. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

See the September Schedule (Dewsbury)

S2R Huddersfield – Create Space

You MUST book before attending any of the Huddersfield sessions by calling 07933 358800 or emailing: contact@s2r.org.uk

See the September Schedule (Huddersfield)


Healthy Minds, Calderdale

Healthy Minds offers a range of free support for anybody who lives or works in Calderdale. You don’t need to be referred, just get in touch with the relevant worker beforehand to join a group or activity.

Healthy Minds provides a range of services including drop-in sessions, peer support groups, Walks for Wellbeing and welfare rights information.

See their What’s On calendar for details of current groups and events. Information about how to join a group or session is included in individual event descriptions:

Healthy Minds What’s On Calendar



VitaMinds, Calderdale

This service offers a range of short-term psychological therapies to adults 18-years and over, who live and are registered with a GP in Calderdale.

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, excessive worry or low mood, then VitaMinds may be able to help. VitaMinds works in partnership with the NHS to provide talking therapy services, known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and can provide advice and guidance on the best options for you.

VitaMinds is a free service and you don’t need to visit a GP to get help. To self-refer:

Telephone: 0333 0153 494

Or click on this link: VitaMinds Calderdale


Cost of Living Information:

Click the link below to find links to websites and workbooks that can provide help and advice with money, debt and the cost of living.

Cost of Living Information – Calderdale and Kirklees

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We hope you have a great weekend

The Recovery & Wellbeing College Team


 07717 867911

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